5 Things You Need to Make Amazing Homemade Ice Cream


We’ve been making a lot of homemade ice cream recently, such as this salted caramel ice cream. I love how surprisingly simple and fun ice cream is to make. All you need are the right tools. To make it easy for you, I put together a list of 5 things you need to make amazing ice cream. Here you go!

1. Ice Cream Maker

We’ve owned the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker for years, and it has never let us down. It has a large cannister, and churns ice cream in about 20-40 minutes. For a pretty low price of $32.99 on Amazon, it is a great value.

2. Silicone Spatulas

A good spatula is a must-have for ice cream making. You will use it to stir your ice cream base, as well as transfer the ice cream to and from the ice cream maker. Do yourself a favor and get this set of very highly rated Wilton Easy Flex Silicone Spatulas. We use these all the time in our kitchen.

3. Mesh Colander

Many ice cream recipes instruct you to strain your custard base, usually to filter bits of egg or other solids out of your ice cream. For that, you’ll use a mesh colander. I have this set of three colanders, which comes with a small 7-inch diameter colander, medium 8.5-Inch diameter colander, and large 10-inch diameter colander.

4. Silicone Whisk

Another necessity for ice cream making is a silicone whisk, which is used to properly mix your ice cream base. I like the 10-inch Kuhn Rikon Silicone Rainbow Whisk. Silicone ensures that your pots won’t get scratched, and your whisk can withstand high heat. Plus, this rainbow whisk is so pretty!

5. Great Ice Cream Recipes

I have The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, and highly recommend it. The book gives tips and guidelines to making homemade ice cream, sorbets, granitas, and all sorts of ice cream toppings. I have made several recipes from the book, and each has been excellent and easy to follow.

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5 Delicious & Simple Recipes Your Family Will Love (a Free Printable Mini Recipe Booklet)


Hey there, friends. Are you looking for some delicious recipes to enjoy with your family or friends? Well I have a little gift I hope you’ll enjoy. I put together a mini recipe booklet of 5 Delicious & Simple Recipes Your Family Will Love. In the printable booklet you’ll receive some of my family’s favorite foods. These are recipes that I make ALL THE TIME. So you know they are time-tested. Also, they are all foods that our entire family loves, including our young kids.

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Kimchi Fried Rice



The best fried rice is the kind that you make with all the leftovers in your fridge. Got a handful of vegetables? Toss it in! Need to use up some meat from last night’s meal? Add that too! Day-old rice is the best for fried rice because it’s a little bit dry.

I made this rice with Portuguese sausage, roasted broccoli, and some delicious homemade kimchi that my sister-in-law Seisha made. The recipe below leaves a lot of freedom for you to add whatever you like into your fried rice. Season it, taste, and season a bit more. Trust your tastebuds.

This can be a stand-alone meal, or can work as a sidekick to something else.

Kimchi Fried Rice

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Yield: about 6-8 servings


  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4-5 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked vegetables (such as carrots, peas, or broccoli), chopped
  • 2 cups cooked meat (such as sausage or Spam), chopped
  • 1 cup kimchi, chopped
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • Sesame oil to taste
  • Oyster or hoisin sauce to taste
  • Salt & pepper


Heat about 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a large wok or frying pan over medium high heat. Add onions and garlic, and cook about 1-2 minutes until onions are translucent.

Move onions and garlic to the outer edge of the pan, making a large clear area in the center of the pan. Crack eggs into the pan, stirring to scramble. Once eggs are scrambled, add rice, vegetables, meat, and kimchi. Stir to combine.

Cook until everything is heated through. Remove from heat. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster or hoisin sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.